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Mainsail Beach Inn
101 66th Street, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217   |  
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Largo, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stayed at Mainsail Beach Inn for 4-nights in May. We had one of the spacious fully furnished 3 bedroom / 3 bathroom oceanfront units on the 3rd floor. The building was beautiful and our unit was roomy. There was an elevator so lugging our suitcases was no problem. The only complaint we had is how narrow the 2-sided balcony was. If someone was sitting in a chair they had to get up so you could go by. But we saw some spectacular sunsets from the balcony. We took the free trolley around the entire island and other times we would hike on the beach till we got tired and then jumped on the trolley to return to the Mainsail Beach Inn. The pool was refreshing and the pool chairs have soft cushions to relax on.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BeachInnAMI, Manager at Mainsail Beach Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thanks for your review, we are pleased that you felt at home at the Beach Inn. The sunsets are indeed beautiful from our decks and we do wish we could extend our decks too. Hopefully that issue didn't take away from enjoying your stay with us. We hope to see you again in the future.

Sincerely,
Margo Ryder
Manager, Mainsail Beach Inn
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

AMI has some of the most beautiful beaches I have visited. Easily on a par with my Hawaiian visit in Maui. Puts Aruba, Bahamas, and Jamaica to shame. Ireland, UK & Northern France have the rustic, windswept beauty that I love to visit, but the Florida climate trumps the rainy, windy weather that is the signature of a UK holiday. AMI raises the bar for U.S. And Florida beaches as well with Charleston, Cape Elizabeth, Marco Island, Sanibel, & Captiva trailing the unspoilt beauty of AMI. No high rises really means NO high rises.
Mainsail Beach Inn is a lovely condo building with relatively newer, but worn updates. We had some issues with general cleanliness (i.e. Fruit Loops inside the couch cushions, general greasiness in the kitchen and previous occupants undies left in the drawers), but with 3 teens nothing that was a reason to leave or complain loudly.
The mid-way location on the island's beach is perfect. Stay North of the property, if you prefer a more "upscale" experience.
Staff is friendly and accommodating. We had a later flight and were allowed to vacate the unit, but hang by the pool for a couple hours with a picnic style lunch. We did have the "cable" die on Day 2 of our visit (which normally wouldn't matter, but we were there during a very rainy week) and no one notified us. We thought we were idiots who couldn't figure out the TV settings. After wasting a considerable amount of time with the TV, we questioned the staff, who informed us there would be no TV for at least 48 hours. For our family not a big deal...we get along. Not informing us immediately was a poor decision considering the cost of this place. Additionally, included kayaks are almost unusable. They need love for guests to use safely without a lot of headaches.
All in all, nice place, but prices don't commiserate with our unit's quality or service. 5 star accommodation? Not really. Five star service? Not quite.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BeachInnAMI, Manager at Mainsail Beach Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thank you for your review about your stay at Mainsail Beach Inn. We appreciate your comments and will use your feedback to improve on our service as noted. It sounds like you had some glitches with us (i.e. not providing quick notification on interrupted cable service & with some housekeeping neglect) and I hope that we were able to resolve these issues quickly during your stay. We are sorry if those issues took away from the serenity of your visit to our lovely island. We do hope that you will choose to stay at Mainsail Beach Inn again on your next trip to Anna Maria Island so that we can raise the bar and really wow you.

Sincerely,
Margo Ryder
Manager, Mainsail Beach Inn
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Hazard, Kentucky
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A beautiful condo on a beautiful beach, at a very low cost. We would like to see more resort type amenities such as full beach service and on-site restaurant for breakfast & lunch. It was also difficult to set up transportation for dinner each evening. An on-site concierge would be a nice addition. There was rarely anyone available at help desk. However, our unit was beautiful and we enjoyed our trip.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BeachInnAMI, Manager at Mainsail Beach Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thank you so much for your review of your stay at Mainsail Beach Inn. We appreciate your comments and are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Your suggestions about a concierge service and on-demand transportation are noted however with only 12 units at our resort, we could not keep either busy enough at our small property . There is a free trolley that is available right outside our inn that covers most dining spots on Anna Maria and we do provide a lot of info about great places to visit nearby (if not in person, than in our room guide and on our website). We do hope that you will visit us again in the future.

Sincerely
Margo Ryder
Resort Manager
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have stayed at the Mainsail Beach Inn 3 times over the last 4 years, and it has been wonderful every time. Reservations are super easy although you may need to reserve your choice of accommodation months in advance. The Mainsail is a beautiful place: well decorated, well maintained and well managed by the friendliest staff we have encountered anywhere. Margo and Amy are always interested to know how they can make your stay better, and they always listen when there is something you need.

Although the inn has been open for quite a few years now, it looks as if it is a brand new property. The units are dressed in calm, neutral colors and the kitchens are well-equipped. The bathrooms are roomy and up-to-date, and the beds are super comfortable. All of the units are similar in style and color, but my favorite are the beachfront units. So nice to find a place right on the dunes with unrivaled views. I can't really think of any negatives about the inn. Always feel instantly relaxed the moment we arrive.

The Mainsail is our favorite place to stay in Florida. The management and the property make us feel right at home. A very relaxing place to stay - can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: The beachfront rooms are 2- or 3-bedroom units and offer outstanding views. The 2-bedroom unit on th...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BeachInnAMI, Manager at Mainsail Beach Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thank you Sarah for your review. We love hearing the feedback from our "regulars" and are so pleased that you found time to write such a lovely review of your last stay. We are thrilled to hear that the Beach Inn is your favorite place to stay in Florida, that means a lot. Also, your comments about our staff are wonderful but we simply enjoy making our guests feel at home. Having returning guests is like seeing old friends, so we hope to see you again in the near future. If you are not already keeping in touch with us, please do so via social media. Thanks

Sincerely
Margo Ryder
Manager, Mainsail Beach Inn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

New ,clean, beautiful decor. Great beach,& view, it exceeded our expectations. They are condos fully equipped. Quiet beach but good restaurants close by. Good get away for families. They usually rent the whole week but they let us rent for 3 days because it was available.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BeachInnAMI, Manager at Mainsail Beach Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Thank you for your review of your stay at Mainsail Beach Inn. We think you summed up everything perfectly! We are happy that we could accommodate you for your short stay and hope that you will be with us a little longer on your next trip to Anna Maria Island. Please keep in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter until your next visit.

Sincerely
Margo Ryder
Manager, Mainsail Beach Inn
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I am the type of person who likes to say GOOD THINGS. Our encounter with MainSail Beach Inn was anything BUT nice. We were lied to about our unit. We were told ALL the units have good views. Our view was of a BIG GREEN GARBAGE DUMPSTER and a parking lot. People in the pool could see right into our unit and our bedroom. There was NO privacy. You would have to keep your drapes closed your entire stay. The furniture looked worn and dirty. They told us it was brand new. The management allowed us to be lied to and did nothing to help the situation. It was SO BAD …. that we never even stayed a single night there. They REFUSED to help us in any way even though their reservation individual out and out lied to us. ( after asking question after question about the resort prior to making our reservation) I feel this resort is simple out to HOOK you into making your reservation … and then trapping you with a no refund policy. I am 57 years old and well traveled. I have NEVER encounter a property that lies to it's guests simple to make a sale. BUYER BEWARE. You see properties like this on tv … they take great photos … but in reality are anything but nice. I cannot say enough harsh things about this resort. BUYER BEWARE.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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BeachInnAMI, Manager at Mainsail Beach Inn, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thank you for your review.

We take the good with the bad and always take the opportunity to learn from our guests on how we can improve on everyone’s experience. We’re sorry we failed to meet your expectations. Although we are a Certificate of Excellence Award winner and enjoy a 96% favorable rating, we are never satisfied, knowing there is always room for improvement.

On behalf of our team, we wish you happy travels and hope you will someday return to Mainsail Beach Inn.

Sincerely,
Margo Ryder
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I struggle to write this review, b/c as much as the reservation system is a fiasco, it was a nice place for good value

1stly, they ask for your unit preference, but explain that only the type of unit is guaranteed

2nd, these are individual condos that are rented out & owner gets priority if they want to stay

One would expect that, absent an owner's request, if you reserved FIRST & stated a preference, then you would get priority before people who book AFTER you are accommodated

I only cared about not getting stuck on the 2nd floor ... i got 2nd floor, with the explanation that they NEEDED to accommodate another guests' length of stay (who booked AFTER me).

After the reservation team & manager tried a few iterations faulty logic, they back tracked & tried to convince me that i didn't make a request ... they could never explain why they couldn't arrange the other guests on the 2nd floor, since i booked FIRST (6 months prior)? And no one ever explained why they chose to give me the 2nd floor in favor of other guests (even though I booked 1st). When I called them out on this, they eventually said they maximized their profit by putting me on the 2nd floor ... seriously, someone actually said this

issue with 2nd vs. 3rd floor is that there is no carpet & the place is family friendly, so I awoke to children stampeding across the floor every morning ... and they interrupted my naps

Aside from that, Mainsail is great
- right on the beach
- great value
- rooms are really nice & spacious
- washer/dryer in the room
- next door to the best restaurant on the island (and they deliver)
- offer all the extras ... beach chairs, kyaks, bikes, etc
- and i really liked that it was a small hotel, very cozy feel

Only minor complaint about the hotel itself was that the balcony is 3 feet deep, so not fully functional

Overall, Nice hotel, but the reservation system needs to be taken over by professionals (the owners might even make more money!!!)

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms are awesome & worth it, but Avoid the 2nd floor ... no carpet, so you hear chil...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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BeachInnAMI, Manager at Mainsail Beach Inn, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you so much for your feedback and for choosing to stay at the Mainsail Beach Inn. We do appreciate your comments about our reservations system, and we will continue to push for a solution. With a total of 12 accommodations, multiple property owners and many long-term guests, it can be challenging to accommodate every request. While we state that we are unable to guarantee specific units, it is clear we failed to appropriately manage your reservation. Please accept our heartfelt apology.

We are delighted you found the inn and your suite to be lovely and the location beautiful. We hope you will return, as we’ll do everything we can to exceed your expectations on a future stay!

Sincerely,
Margo Ryder
Resort Manager
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Address: 101 66th Street, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217
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Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Holmes Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Holmes Beach
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking stunning turquoise waters of Anna Maria Island is the Mainsail Beach Inn, offering guests a superb island experience. This ideally located resort offers 12 upscale multi bedroom suites, all with beachfront access, and some with a Gulf view. Community amenities include a heated resort-style swimming pool, hot tub, pool side grill, and beach lounge chairs & umbrellas. ... more   less 
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